As I breathe in my last whiffs of our neighbors’ charcoal grills it’s finally setting in that summer is coming to an end. As the sun sets (earlier and earlier) and the temperature shifts (cooler and cooler) those dormant “back to school” feelings somehow rise from the dead. But when I catch an earthy, fire-y waft drifting through our apartment windows, I remember that summer will eventually make its way back around again.
Until it does, I’ve discovered a way to grill year round! If you’re imagining me shoveling the fire escape and setting up a mini weber camping grill in a puffer jacket, stop right there.
I’ve discovered a tool so simple and wonderful I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never owned one before. Yes, yes, yes–a grill pan!
This particular cooking method imparts flavor, texture and beauty. Grill marks are beautiful on any protein, vegetable, cheese or even fruit. Grilled poundcake? Awesome. But more important than physical beauty is the ability for the grill pan to create char and contrast you can’t otherwise get in a standard pan. Char + Contrast = FLAVOR.…